The Army-Navy Screen Magazine Number 53, 1945
- Combat Report: Short film about the Signal Corps Photographic Center and how combat film and training film are processed. Includes a retrospective of past Army-Navy Screen Magazine segments.
The Army-Navy Screen Magazine was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Pictorial Service, under the supervision of Col. Frank Capra, who came up with the idea. It was released twice a month and shown to military troops as a 20-minute newsreel.
"By the end of the war, the Army-Navy Screen Magazine reached an enormous weekly audience of 4.2 million. It had become for American soldiers all over the world a communal experience that greatly influenced their perception of the war.
It featured short documentary films, news from back home, and short training films like Dr. Seuss' Private Snafu cartoons. I've uploaded the entire Screen Magazine and also each segment as a separate file (some editions are comprised of 1 long film, though). Description at the National Archives
: "On Signal Corps photographic activities. Reel 1, film is carried into the laboratory at Astoria, N.Y. Shows a cameraman at work and brief scenes of the Pearl harbor attack, interviews with Coral Sea veterans, ration board activities, basic training, RAF bombing of the Fr. coast, and combat in Attu, Rendova, Sicily, New Guinea, Burma, France, and Germany. Reel 2 shows Japanese POW's in the Marshall, Russ. guerrilla troops, Fr. underground forces battling Germans in Paris streets, Iowa corn fields, passage of the G.I. Bill of Rights by Congress, ex-GI's on the N.Y.U. campus, Bob Hope, and the flag-raising on Tarawa."
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